25 March 2019

Eclipse VIII – 2013

The Eclipse 8 team faced all sorts of challenges during their journey that led them to participate in two major competitions on two different continents in less than 8 months.

Everything started with the design of an optimized vehicle, based on the technical achievements made during the manufacture of Eclipse 7. Unfortunately, when the regulations of the WSC 2013 were unveiled, they included several important changes that forced the team to completely review its design.

Main changes to the regulations:

  1. The pilot who was previously laying down in the vehicle must now be seated
  2. The maximum length of the prototype goes from 5 to 4.5 meters
  3. The number of wheels of the challenger-type vehicle goes from 3 to 4

Facing a very tight schedule and budget constraints, the team opted for an extraordinary design with a tubular steel frame that completely encompasses the driver. The prototype could then be easily modified for use in the 2014 American Solar Challenge, compared to a prototype monohull composite design.

Eclipse 8 participated in the 2013 World Solar Challenge and obtained the best result in Eclipse history at this competition, despite engine problems that limited its cruising speed to around 55 km / h.

Back from Australia, the group had to reorganize quickly to adapt the prototype to the stricter design requirements of the American Solar Challenge. The Eclipse 8.1 team managed to qualify for the ASC 2014 but was forced to retire due to a major break in the steering system.

  • Highlights:
    • 18th at the WSC 2013
    • 9th at ASC 2014


List of members

Marc-Antoine Bazinet, Captain Eclipse 8

William Coady, Technical Lead Eclipse 8

Éric Tremblay, Treasurer Eclipse 8 and Captain Eclipse 8.1

Vincent Huneault, Technical Lead Eclipse 8.1

Gabriel Desroches, Electrical Lead

Noel Giguère. Mechanical Lead Éclipse 8

Vincent Courtemanche, Mechanical Lead Éclipse 8.1

Élodie Collin, Treasurer Éclipse 8.1

Jacynthe Courchesne, Logistic Lead Éclipse 8.1

Marc-Olivier Arseneault, IT Lead Éclipse 8

Olivier Cusson Larocque, IT Lead Éclipse 8.1

Luc-Antoine Boulanger

Marc-André Roy

Marc-André Vallières

Cyril Génovard

Kevin Crincket

Vincent Armelin

Marc-André Sirois

Jérôme Gauthier

Pascal Bonnichon

Jérémi Chatrand

Marc-André Cyr